Aldbury C of E Primary School, Tring, Herts

At Albury C of E Primary School, the playground was in desperate need of a revamp. Their old outdoor space was not suitable for the children at the school and outdoor play was messy and time consuming. They wanted to develop a space that would make moving outdoors easy and fun. They tell us how their new playground has changed outdoor play and learning for the children whatever the weather.

Why did you want to develop your playground?

We wanted our outdoor space to reflect all areas of learning. The resources that we had were not age appropriate and were often second hand donations from the local pre school. Our flooring was unsafe and it was in desperate need of a revamp. We needed weather proof storage and structures as our old arrangement meant that it was taking a lot of time to set up and tidy away each day.

What were the key elements that made Playforce stand out from other providers?

The team were helpful and accommodating. They were interested in the opinions of the staff and what the children at Aldbury would like and worked to include them in the plans. We were able to communicate what the main aims were of developing the area and they suggested lots of alternative and ideas along the way. If something wasn’t quite regarding what we wanted or were thinking of, it was easy to work with them to plan different things. The plans were clear and colourful, it was great to have these to show the children, staff and parents.
Thank you for the fantastic outdoor space.

How are you using the space to deliver outdoor learning and educational play?

It is only the first day of term so we haven’t yet had chance to put our playground into full use but already the children are inspired and excited. Everyone has said how fantastic it looks. We have reflected all areas of learning into our outdoor space so we are looking forward to incorporating it into many aspects of the curriculum.

What are the biggest benefits you have seen for the children?

They are excited to go outside and are using all of the resources available. They are able to access the resources themselves and tidy them away at the end of the day, which is fantastic for them and us! We can now use the outside space in all weathers, so we can enjoy outdoor learning and play throughout the school year.

Any other comments about your experience of working with Playforce?

Thank you for the fantastic outdoor space. We loved the plans and how it was so easy to look at pictures and choose different structures and resources to go outside. It will make such a difference to our day having main structures that are weather proof and do not need to be moved in and out when it rains or at the end of the day. It looks much more clean and tidy.